I get this question a lot with the Avion — and now I’m getting it with the Silver Streak. No, it’s not an Airstream. But all of them drew on the same post-World War Two airplane design and technology — riveted aluminum, rounded edges for streamlined aerodynamics on the road. “Famous Aircraft Riveted Construction” They… Read More Is it an Airstream?
Radical Embodiment. The first time I heard the term, it raised the hair on my arms. It means different things in different contexts. In the world of artificial intelligence, it’s about the challenges of imbuing cyborgs with an innate sense of embodiment in an unnatural body. In my world, though, AI stands for autoimmunity; decades… Read More Radical Embodiment
“We who believe in freedom cannot rest.” Ella Baker (1903-1986) Executive Secretary of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and guiding light of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Ella Baker profoundly shaped two of the most significant civil rights groups of the 1960s. Photos usually show her in one of two settings: behind a… Read More #DoPowerDifferently: Ella Baker
SQUEEEEE! It’s official: I am the deliriously happy owner of this 1978 Silver Streak trailer! As with the Avion, this came to me through the kind of lucky coincidence that really suggests the hand of fate at work. In early February, I got a phone call out of the blue from Lois Codd, a lovely… Read More Home Sweet Home
As I was scrounging around in my Scrivener archive today, I found this piece I wrote nearly a year ago, in April 2018, as I was gearing up for the Heart of America tour. I’m not sure why I didn’t post it then. It seems even more relevant now that I’m back and have had… Read More Find Myself a City to Live In
Last August, I got an email about the 2019 Key West Literary Seminar. I’d been there ten years earlier, in 2009, when the theme was Historical Fiction and I was looking for help transforming my academic work on Crossfire and the Hollywood blacklist into a historical novel. That workshop a decade ago with novelist-memoirist-travel writer… Read More The Animal Club
Last winter I came to the Fountain of Youth intending to jumpstart — and hopefully finish — The File on Margot Black, the historical novel project inspired by my academic work on the 1947 film Crossfire and the House Un-American Activities investigation into Hollywood radicalism. Even as I was working on my PhD dissertation and… Read More Auf Wiedersehen, Margot Black
I discovered the Fountain of Youth on my first extended road trip in the Avion. I’d celebrated New Year’s 2017 on the road, but it was just a weekend jaunt to an RV park near Lake Berryessa. I’d won a drawing at CamperWorld for a free stay and that seemed like an auspicious way to… Read More Hello Again, Fountain of Youth!
Last summer, at an Omega Institute creativity workshop with Kate Shela, I fell in love with 5 Rhythms. But, I had fallen in love with Kate Shela well before that. To say that 5 Rhythms is a movement practice or that Kate is a 5 Rhythms instructor doesn’t begin to do justice to the deep… Read More Shall We Dance?
Are you the kind of person who usually has multiple irons in the fire? Two or three or eight balls in the air at any given time? Yeah, me too. And for me, one of the biggest barriers to getting stuff done is just figuring out where to start. Which project to foreground on any… Read More 47:13 a.k.a. Creative Focus for the Monkey-Minded